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Mathematics and Statistics Community

Student Club

PiRIT is RIT's Association of Student Mathematicians and Statisticians whose activities include: promotion of math awareness on campus, undergraduate research opportunities, engaging group events, guest speakers in areas of expertise in mathematics, and spread of graduate school information. PiRIT's main goal is to act as a meeting place for students and faculty within the applied mathematics, computational mathematics, and applied statistics programs to discuss potential academic endeavors and generate a better understanding of mathematics as a whole.

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Research Scholars


Andrew Zemke, Meagan Kuhfahl & Ryan Held

The annual Research Scholars reception and award ceramony was held in the Center for Student Innovation on Friday May 25, 2012. Students were awarded for their participation in the Research Scholars Program.

The Putnam Competition

William Lowell Putnam

The William Lowell Putnam competition

began in 1938 and is designed to stimulate a healthful rivalry in mathematical studies in the colleges and universities of the United States and Canada. It exists because Mr. William Lowell Putnam had a profound conviction in the value of organized team competition in regular college studies. To establish such a competition, his widow, Elizabeth Lowell Putnam, created a trust fund known as the William Lowell Putnam Intercollegiate Memorial Fund in 1927. The first competition supported by this fund was in the field of English and a few years later a second competition was held in mathematics. The exam assumed its present form and was placed under the administration of the Mathematical Association of America in 1935, after Mrs. Putnam's death. The annual competition of this famous and prestigious exam is held in December. The School of Mathematical Sciences fields a team each year, and congratulates all of its contestants for their success this past year. Students who intend to take the Putnam exam will take 1016-481 Problem Solving with Dr. Marengo. Dr. James Marengo is the faculty advisor to students taking the exam and we thank him for an outstanding job.

Pi Mu Epsilon

National Mathematics Honorary Society


Founded on May 25, 1914 at Syracuse University, PME currently has over 350 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly activity in mathematics among the students in academic institutions.

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